Most of the symphony is emotionally restrained, nostalgic and melancholy in mood, including the ending of the Vivace final movement. However, Prokofiev was later convinced to add an energetic and optimistic coda, so as to win the Stalin Prize of 100,000 rubles (because of official disapproval, Prokofiev was living in poverty at this time). Before he died, Prokofiev indicated that the original quiet ending was to be preferred.

Date of composition 1952 (1951-1952)
Premiered 1952, October 11th in Russia, Moscow
Type Symphony
Tonality C-sharp Minor
Catalogue Op. 131
Approx. duration 35 minutes
Instruments Orchestra
Autotranslations beta Sergueï Prokofiev: Symphonie n°7 en do dièse mineur, Op. 131
Sergej Sergeevič Prokof'ev: Sinfonia n. 7 in do diesis minore, Op. 131
Sergei Sergejewitsch Prokofjew: Sinfonie Nr. 7 cis-moll, Op. 131